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Professor, researcher, and author John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., teams up with parenting, child, and intimate relationship expert Sara Polanchek, Ed.D., to bring you the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. Children do not come with instruction manuals, and this bi-weekly podcast tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network, this podcast pairs cutting edge research  and proven technique, to help make you a practically perfect parent.

 

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Mar 20, 2017
When Teens Talk Back
 
In this episode, Dr. Sara decides to consult with Dr. John about her hypothetical “friend’s” teenage and pre-teen boys, who coincidently, happen to be the same ages as Sara’s own children. Other than being a disastrously bad consultant, John ends up complaining about how disrespectful our culture is toward teens. This leads Sara and John to affirm that, instead of lowering the expectation bar for teens, we should re-focus on what’s great about teenage brains. Overall, this turns out to be a celebration of all the great things about teenagers . . . along with a set of guidelines to help parents be positive and firm. Specific techniques discussed include limit-setting, do-overs, methods for helping teenagers calm down, role modeling, and natural, but small consequences. This podcast is brought to you by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network
 
Resources mentioned in the Podcast:
 
Positive Discipline for Teenagers
By Jane Nelsen & Lynn Lott
Mar 6, 2017

Let's Do The Sex Talk Again

Would you rather have your child learn about sex from Fergus, the unsupervised kid down the street . . . or from internet pornography . . . or from YOU? We hope you can see that the answer to that question is obvious. In this episode, Dr. Sara encourages you to become an “askable parent” and to get comfortable shouting out the words “vagina” and “penis,” instead of avoiding the topic. She also shares the clever line: If you’ve got a protective cover on your phone, you should have a condom on your penis. Although it’s important for parents to get comfortable talking about sex, comfort doesn’t happen automatically; at the very least, it takes courage, self-reflection, and practice. In the end, we share resources that might be of interest to parents who are more traditional or more progressive . . . and we wish you luck with this big parenting challenge.

This podcast is brought to you by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network

 

Resources featured in this Episode:

 

  • What’s Happening to Me: A Guide to Puberty

          By: Peter Mayle

  • How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late

          By: Linda & Richard Eyre

  • It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

          By: Robie H. Harris

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